Wife: man shot by Metro a war veteran suffering PTSD
The man shot and killed by Metro Police early Monday morning was an army war veteran suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to his wife.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The man shot and killed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police early Monday morning was an Army war veteran suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, according to his wife.
"He's not in his right mind. He thinks he's back in the Gulf War," says Rondha Gibson.
Her husband, Stanley, was shot and killed after a 30 minute standoff with Metro police early Monday morning.
Officers surrounded his car following reports that he was trying to break into a residence at the Alondra condos near North Rainbow Boulevard and Smoke Ranch Road.
Rondha says her husband was no burglar and was in the middle of a PTSD episode.
After a stay at the hospital earlier that day, she says he escaped and mistook a neighboring apartment complex for his own.
"He was not trying to burglarize anything. He was confused. He was upset. All he wanted to do was come home," says Rondha.
Unarmed and pinned in between two Metro police cars, Rhonda believes the officer overreacted in shooting her husband.
In a rare move Monday, Sheriff Doug Gillespie took to the podium to address concerns.
"When we as a police agency shoot a suspect under these conditions, I see it as my duty to come forward," said Gillespie. "I want answers as much as you."
As Rhonda grieves her husband and paints him as a victim, she is pleading with the sheriff to turn his rhetoric into action.
"The truth needs to come out. Mr. Gillespie. For the love of God, investigate your officers."
The identity of the lone officer who fired his weapon has not yet been released.